Baltimore (19-16) at Seattle (13-25)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Wed May 19, 2004
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Still looking for his first career win, Erik Bedard will make his sixth start of the season as the Baltimore Orioles continue a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners.

Bedard made his big league debut out of the Baltimore bullpen in 2002 before sitting out all of last season after undergoing reconstructive elbow surgery. He was recalled from Triple-A Ottawa in early April and has made five straight starts, going 0-1 with a 5.64 ERA.

Bedard has pitched fairly effectively in his first four starts, yielding two earned runs or fewer in three straight outings before being pounded for six runs and six hits over 5 2-3 innings of Thursday’s 6-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

Bedard struck out six and walked two, but gave up a three-run homer to Paul Konerko in the sixth that gave the White Sox the lead for good.

“Baseball is pretty much ups and down and that’s pretty much the downs,” Bedard said. “There is always one guy who gets you and Konerko was pretty much the guy.”

The Orioles took Tuesday’s series opener 7-2—their second straight victory after a three-game losing streak. Larry Bigbie homered and drove in three runs for Baltimore, which won for only the fourth time in 23 games at Safeco Field.

Seattle has lost eight of nine, dropping to 13-25 and falling 12 games below .500 for the first time since Sept. 14, 1998.

Bret Boone went 1-for-3 with a homer in his return to Seattle starting lineup at second base after being held out for five games because of a strained left hip flexor. Ichiro Suzuki increased his hitting streak to 16 games with a fifth-inning single, but the Mariners were held to two runs or fewer for the third time in five games.

STANDINGS (through May 17): Orioles - 3rd place, 2 1/2 GB, AL East. Mariners - 4th place, 11 1/2 GB, AL West.

ORIOLES PROBABLE STARTER: Bedard (0-1, 5.64 ERA). Bedard, who will be making his first career start against the Mariners, is 0-1 with a 7.24 ERA in three road starts this year.

MARINERS PROBABLE STARTER: Ryan Franklin (2-3, 4.43 ERA). The right-hander had one of his best outing of the season in Thursday’s 1-0 loss at Minnesota, yielding a run and seven hits over seven innings. It was the fourth time in seven starts that the right-hander allowed two runs or fewer. Franklin is 0-2 with a 5.04 ERA in nine appearances, including two starts, against the Orioles.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Orioles - Melvin Mora, .377 avg., 7 HRs and 35 runs; Miguel Tejada, 31 RBIs; Brian Roberts, 16 SBs. Mariners - Suzuki, .322 avg. and 7 SBs; Raul Ibanez and Boone, 7 HRs; Boone and Dan Wilson, 19 RBIs; Ibanez, 25 runs.

SEASON SERIES: Orioles, 3-1.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Orioles - OF Mora, who leads the AL in batting, went 3-for-5 and had two RBIs on Monday. … 1B-DH Rafael Palmeiro is 4-for-21 (.190) against RHP Franklin with two homers. … SS Tejada is 7-for-21 (.333) against Franklin. Mariners - DH Edgar Martinez did not start Tuesday because of a sore back but was used as a pinch hitter in the eighth and struck out. … Franklin is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in two starts at Safeco this year. … OF Suzuki has at least two hits in each of his last six games.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Orioles - 7-6 on the road; Mariners - 7-10 at home.

INJURIES: Orioles - 1B David Segui (knee), 15-day DL; OF Marty Cordova (elbow), 15-day DL; LHP Matt Riley (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Omar Daal (shoulder), 60-day DL. Mariners - INF Willie Bloomquist (back), 15-day DL; OF Chris Snelling (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Rafael Soriano (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Aaron Taylor (shoulder), 60-day DL.

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E. Bedard LAD vs. R. Franklin StL
6-10 Record 4-16
4.59 ERA 4.90
121 K 104
71 BB 61
1.60 WHIP 1.42